More Resilient Together
The response to the COVID-19 crisis has been very different from a weather-based natural disaster. However, just like the storms we’ve faced in the past, we know the devastating impact is long-lasting and the need for increased hunger-relief support will continue for months.
The Food Bank has been very fortunate, and strategic, in our ability to offer support to other organizations and elements of the food system during this time of crisis. Some organizations we’ve been able to expend resources to help include: filling school meal gaps with school districts across the state, assisting other North Carolina food banks, supporting local farmers and growers, and building infrastructure capacity of organizations focused on reaching populations who have been marginalized.
COVID-19 is impacting communities and populations of people that were already made vulnerable to hunger by inequitable policies and structures. Children, older residents, people working in the agriculture, hospitality, or travel and leisure industries, the Latinx community, and the Black community are all facing food insecurity at even higher rates than before the pandemic. One of the things the Food Bank has done in response to natural disasters and the COVID-19 crisis, is increase our partnership with organizations that are reaching those people who have been marginalized. Some of the new partners we are working with and learning from, to reach more people, include: AMEXCAN, Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Guatemalan Consulate, Manos Unidas, Meals on Wheels, Mexican Consulate, NC Works, UNCW